The Conservative Party of Canada
, colloquially known as the Tories
, is a federal political party in Canada. It was formed in 2003 from the multiple right-wing parties which had existed in Canada for over a century, historically grouped into two camps, "Red Tories" and "Blue Tories". The party sits at the centre-right to the right of the Canadian political spectrum, with their federal rivals, the Liberal Party of Canada positioned to their left. The Conservatives are defined as a "big tent" party, practicing "brokerage politics", welcoming a broad variety of members. The party's leader is Erin O'Toole, who serves as Leader of the Official Opposition.